Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools: Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!


Wendy W. Murawski

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  • Part I: The Dating Scene

    Part II: The Engagement

    Part III: The Wedding

    Part IV: The Marriage

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    Publisher's Acknowledgments

    Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following individuals:

    • James Becker, ESL Teacher
    • Saint Paul Public Schools
    • Saint Paul, MN
    • Mari Gates, Special Education Co-Teacher
    • Henry B. Burkland Intermediate School
    • Middleboro, MA
    • Iris Goldberg, Director of Early Childhood/Childhood Education
    • Westchester Graduate Campus
    • Long Island University
    • Brooklyn, NY
    • Susan Hott, Special Education Teacher
    • Davis Elementary School
    • Plano, TX
    • Rob Kuchta, Science Teacher
    • Chippewa Falls Senior High School
    • Chippewa Falls, WI
    • Margaret T. McLane, Chair
    • Department of Literacy and Special Education
    • The College of Saint Rose
    • Albany, NY
    • Melissa Miller, Sixth-Grade Teacher
    • Randall G. Lynch Middle School
    • Farmington, AR
    • Sylvia Rockwell, Professor of Special Education
    • St. Leo University
    • Palm Harbor, FL
    • Sharon Shores, Fourth-Grade Teacher
    • Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary
    • Athens, GA
    • Amy Trenkle, Eighth-Grade U.S. History Teacher
    • District of Columbia Public Schools
    • Washington, DC

    About the Author

    Wendy W. Murawski is an associate professor and graduate coordinator at California State University, Northridge, in the Department of Special Education. She is an experienced co-teacher (for K–12 and university, general and special education) and an accomplished presenter. She is often requested to work with state departments, districts, and schools; present keynote addresses at conferences; and provide training seminars. Murawski has won prestigious awards including the Dissertation Award from the Division of Learning Disabilities and a Publication Award from the Division of Research for the Council for Exceptional Children, and she was the 2004 California Teacher Educator of the Year. Murawski's research in the area of co-teaching has been widely disseminated through her numerous publications. Murawski is the author of Co-Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom: Working Together to Help ALL Your Students Find Success, an extensive resource handbook on co-teaching, as well as the co-creator of the CTSS (Co-Teach Solutions System) software. Her educational consulting company, 2 TEACH LLC, was created to provide professional development specifically in the areas of inclusive education, collaboration, and co-teaching. Murawski is a dynamic speaker who utilizes humor, personal experience, and research-based methods in her seminars while keeping them in the context of practical, ready-to-use strategies for general and special educators to implement in their inclusive classrooms. Murawski holds a master's degree in special education, an EdS in educational administration, and a PhD in special education with an emphasis in research, collaboration, and co-teaching. She lives in southern California with her husband, son, cat, and a really mean fish.

  • Appendix: Keeping the Honeymoon Going

    Resources to Keep Fresh and Motivated

    Every couple has a time when they go through a rough, or dry, patch. A time when the relationship feels like there is nothing new or different. While I am definitely a proponent of keeping teaching teams together over the space of a few years so they can really get to know one another and hone their co-teaching skills, it is not healthy for any one teacher or teaching team to get complacent in their teaching. We need to always challenge ourselves to move with the times, to improve, to encourage one another, and to recognize that students have ever-changing needs. Too often, however, the common complaint is, “We've got no time for that. We are barely keeping our heads above water so when we have the opportunity to use materials or lessons we used last year (or for the last 20 years, in some cases), we do it.”

    Luckily for us all, there's the Internet. What did teachers do before it? I really don't know. The Net provides teachers with so many ways to learn, improve, and share with one another so that we are not reinventing the wheel every time we teach or plan. I have done some preliminary searching to save you some time, but I do strongly suggest that you both challenge each other regularly to find new, different, and exciting teaching ideas, strategies, materials, and technologies. Following are some Web sites I have found helpful over time. Please, keep in mind that sites do change, and if some of these addresses no longer work, I apologize. Don't use the excuse of a nonworking site to stop looking for strategies for improvement. Now's the time to surf the Web! Also, there are so many Web sites available that provide excellent resources that I could not include them all. If you find more that you think are especially useful, please let me know about them and definitely share them among your colleagues at school. Collaboration is the name of the game, and these Web sites will certainly aid you in your efforts to include, collaborate, differentiate, teach, guide, inspire, and avoid burning out while doing it all.


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